Nepotism, Corruption digging roots; no check on embezzlements
Jammu: In yet another tale of irregularities and scams has come to limelight; J&K Cements Ltd – a premiere and very ambitious body of Government has witnessed grave bungling in functioning. As per reports, JK Cements is found committing various embezzlements due to blatant misuse positions by officials, ransacking millions of bucks in order to live luxurious life. The houses of these officials are equipped with all modern facilities ranging from having big bungalows to big farm houses. Like other Government departments, JK Cements has also joined the club of the most tainted organizations of the State of Jammu and Kashmir. The deficiencies, wrong policies, wrong decisions, corruption , Cements . In the time span of last 2 years , at least 180 persons have been recruited in J&K Cements without any advertisement and interview and moreover, having no need of such employees therein. The
entire appointments were made back door and without any advertisement. The magnitudeof embezzlement can be gauged by the fact that several complaints have also been lodged in Jammu and Kashmir State Accountability Commission till today but no substantial outcome has been witnessed so far.
Though the only profitable Public Sector of State, the Company was at its peak in 90s but due to lack of administration, local interference, wrong policies of Government as well as management the company lost its track. Even in period of peak turmoil, company flourished having raw materials in great quantity particularly the lime.The State Government, 12 years back, in 2006 – 2007 installed another 600 TPD cement plant as an expansion unit of J&K Cements Ltd . on a capital amount of Rs .130 crores with latest technology. But ,]the latest technology was limited to papers only and practically the story overturned which can be verified only if Government intends to probe the reality by commissioning an expert committee .Demand for cements in the region had prompted the state owned Jammu and Kashmir Cements to double its production capacity. It planned to double its production capacity from 600 tons per day to 1,200 tons per day to bridge the huge gap between demand and supply of cement in thestate . But due to prevailing nepotism, it is going downwards with the passage of time.
Sources placed in the JK Cements told U4uvoice that JK Cements is at the verge of extinction due to corruption , nepotism prevails in every aspect. “The ambitious project of J&K Cements was designed to make the state able to generate its own revenue but on the contrary , apathetic approach of Government has made it yet another den of corrupt elements The management of JK Cements officials are entirely deprived and a dissolute personalities for whom integrity, truth, loyalty, morality and accountability are just slogans of weak people and which have no utility in today’s materialistic world .Handfuls of officials are totally indifferent to loss suffered to the public exchequer by their macabre deeds which smell of his rotten ideology. JK Cements has been seeing unprecedented frauds and it seems that officials have been transformed into huge rutting elephant who when moves tramples all the laws, State Vigilance Commission , CBI and even the government itself under their big feet” Sources added. The State of Jammu and Kashmir is entirely dependent on Central Government ’s assistance. It is pertinent to mention here that from disbursing salaries to state Governments employees or launching any new developmental project, State looks at the face of Center for all its needs. To boost the economy, State Government started several Projects and J&K Cements ltd was one of them. The JK Cements officers has created shield to protect themselves so that he is not made accountable for his misdeeds. They are enjoying a lot of public wealth which is not their own and the irony is that no one is there to question them where such undeserving wealth comes from. Illegal and unsystematic amassing of such undeserving money by officials on such a huge scale can ’t be grabbed without the unhealthy connivance of influential people in the position of power and influence. It is true that when money speaks truth holds it silence .
U4uvoice interestingly is surprised that in spite of misdeeds of Official s, no substantial and suitable counteractive measures have been taken against tainted and moreover they are allow to carry out their shameful acts of mismanagement and great public loot just to feel charm of power and money. By not opposing the irregularities done by officials in the JK Cements and taking corrective and preventive action against them seems encouraging officer as well as their evil practices. Complaints against officials are not dealt in a disciplinary and stringent manner that breaks down public morale and confidence . It also breaches the trust of the general public as reposed on the law and shatters the spirit of democracy. U4uvoice carries out its duty of exposing corrupt elements of various public departments so that the menace of corruption can be removed away. It is high time for Government to nail the corrupt in order to improve the financial position of the state so that it can stand on its own feet rather than center ’s assistance.